Founded by Claude Moët in 1743, Moët & Chandon has a rich history of delivering top quality and occasionally surprising the wine world with groundbreaking novelty. The MCIII, is the latest example of Moët & Chandon’s innovation.
The most recent came in 2010, when they launched Moët Ice Imperial, an extra chilled nectar specifically created to be poured over ice. This was a shock to many traditional wine connoisseurs, as conventional wine knowledge dictates that pouring champagne over ice is unacceptable regardless of circumstance.
The MCIII is a unique blend of three different wines, each aged in a different material cask (metal, wood, glass.) The name references this combination, with the three “I’s” representing the three mediums added to the initials of the house, MC. While blending wines and experimenting with different aging materials has been done before, the brand’s Chef de Cave, an expert among experts in the wine world, claims he is the first to combine the two practices.
The new champagne consists of 37% of chardonnay and pinot noir vinified in stainless steel vats. The Chef states, “This layer endows an intense fruity dimension to the wine that evokes the sophistication and the sparkle of summer.”
Next in the mix is “Grand Vintage” wines from 1998, 2000, and 2002 partially matured in oak barrels. Finally, there is “Grand Vintage” aged in glass bottles from 1993, 1998, and 1999. According to the Chef, “this layer completes the balance of the blend. Deep and roasted notes reinforce the remarkable impression of maturity while enhancing the vitality.”
The final product is luxurious, a sparkling golden yellow with very fine bubbles. In glass it has hints of coffee, malt, and hazelnut as well as a little pecan and citrus fruit. When you taste it, the MCIII gives the impression of candied citrus fruits.
Each bottle will run you about 450 euros. For more information on how to purchase a bottle of MCIII, visit Moët & Chandon.